MASterworks Explorations: Little Island

2022 Winner for Best Urban Landscape

This event is SOLD OUT. Learn about other 2022 MASterworks programs here.

This fall, MAS is celebrating design excellence in New York City with our 2022 MASterworks Awards! We have curated a selection of in person explorations and online in-conversations with this year’s honored projects.

On Wednesday, November 2nd, join MAS for a visit to Little Island, 2022 MASterworks winner for Best Urban Landscape. Join us for this sunset exploration of the public park, led by two of the landscape architects behind the project, Signe Nielson (Principal) and Dan Yannaccone (Senior Associate) from MNLA.

Learn more about the 2022 MASterworks winners here.

Wednesday, November 2
4:30 PM — 5:30 PM

Little Island
Pier 55 at Hudson River Park
Hudson River Greenway, NY 10014
Exact meeting location and directions to be provided upon RSVP

Nearest public transport: The L, A, C, and E trains are accessible at the 14 St / 8 Av station. The M12 and M14D-SBS buses are accessible at the 11 AV/W 15 St stop.


  • Little Island Project Team. Credit: T. Schenck.
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  • Reimagined by a collaborative team of designers, the new 2.5 acre Little Island rises between the pile fields of Piers 54 and 56 creating a remarkable juxtaposition of the past and present. Credit: T. Schenck.
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  • Well above future sea-level rise and storm surge, the park is accessed by two bridges that mediate the elevation difference between the esplanade and the lowest elevation. Credit: Alexi Rosenfeld_Getty Images.
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  • Gathering and performance areas are nestled within the square plan, separated acoustically from each other and the adjacent highway by landforms accentuated by large trees. Credit: T. Schenck.
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  • The carefully choreographed circulation combines sloped walks, stairs and scrambles, each immersed in a lushly planted maritime garden that seamlessly integrates nature and cultural offerings. Credit: MNLA.
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COVID Safety Guidelines:
This program is limited to 30 attendees. Masks are not required for outdoor MASterworks Explorations. Should the group ventures indoors, masks may be required, so please be prepared to have one with you.

About the MASterworks Awards:

Established in 2001, the MASterworks Awards pay tribute each year to projects that make a significant contribution to New York City’s built environment. Awards are presented in the following categories:

Best New Building for outstanding architectural design
Best Urban Landscape for a new or revitalized open space that contributes to livability and resilience
Best Restoration for a project that expertly enhances the original qualities of a significant historic building or structure
Best Adaptive Reuse for a project that demonstrates exceptional creativity in adaptive reuse of an existing building or structure
Best New Infrastructure for distinctive design in public service projects
Best New Urban Amenity for an addition to the built environment that contributes to a more livable city.

Read more about the MASterworks Awards here.

2022 MASterworks Jury:

Angel Ayón, Principal, AYON Studio
Debbie Millman, Host, Design Matters
Pascale Sablan, FAIA, NOMA, LEED AP, Senior Associate Adjaye Associates, Founder & Executive Director Beyond the Built Environment LLC
Tina Vaz, MAS Board of Directors and Head, Meta Open Arts
Sara Zewde, PLA, Principal, Studio Zewde; Assistant Professor of Practice, Harvard University.

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